Patch which holes?

Posted 5/29/19

I had to smile at the letter about patching the holes at Fort Townsend by a letter writer from Port Townsend (Leader, May 22).

I understand his feelings, but I think he should be more interested …

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Patch which holes?

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I had to smile at the letter about patching the holes at Fort Townsend by a letter writer from Port Townsend (Leader, May 22).

I understand his feelings, but I think he should be more interested in patching the holes in Port Townsend streets. It’s bad enough that Lawrence Street looks like a wagon trail. The side streets aren’t as good as a cattle trail. I doubt if some of the streets haven’t been repaired since the ‘50s or ‘60s.

Additionally, the patch should be level with the existing street, not a couple of inches above or below the existing street.

LES WALDEN
CHIMACUM

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Mike Loriz

You are spot on, Mr. Walden. The streets are a mess. The sidewalks are even worse. We've just had our annual spring "City Spray Painting Dangerous Sections of Sidewalk" ritual. Instead of spending a few bucks actually repairing or replacing sidewalk, the City fouls the environment with nasty paint and puts lipstick on a pig. In a community with purported green leanings, I find the situation unbelievable. The carbon footprint of streets and sidewalks is large, and it is much less expensive to maintain them rather than allow them to decay to the point of requiring replacement.

I spoke to the City Council a few weeks ago about the crime issues Uptown. I was told that the PD is understaffed by two. IMHO, it is understaffed by more than two. On my daily dog walk to Chetzamoka yesterday, I passed four illegally parked RVs, an evidently dumped boat/trailer (Lawrence and Taylor), the former manse of the Methodist church which now looks as if it is a set for "Sanford and Sons" (two ordinances violated), leaky pickups (the runoff has a pretty rainbow look), a neighbor pouring antifreeze onto the ROW, and a reasonable ROW ordinance being ignored. PT is wonderful in many respects, but there are serious problems, too. At least Seattle seems to be (finally) coming to the conclusion that illegal RVs are probably not good. How about it, PT?

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